Is Delaware Governor Markell playing dirty poker re: call for eliminating senior citizen school tax credits?

Local school taxes are collected by the county and placed in separate accounts for the given school districts. Those funds are district local funds and have nothing to do with state allocated funds. Also make note, local school board have the find decision on whether or not seniors receive the tax credit and bit fuzzy here but I do recall the board voting every year to continue or discontinue the tax credit. As I recall, the senior receives the tax credit once approved by the school board but the state reimburses the districts.  But wait !!!!!!!!!!!! I do believe much of that senior tax credit is taken for the Equalization funds collected via local taxes. So we need the state auditor or someone to tell us exactly how much of the so-call district reimbursement is “state money” ?  

(c)(1) If authorized by majority vote of the whole school board of the local school district pursuant to § 6102(q) of Title 29, there shall be allowed a credit against taxation imposed pursuant to this chapter on the valuation of any qualified property.

Folks it’s all a mess and yes the fact remains we need to take a hard looks how public education is being funded in Delaware. But do remember, I warned everyone long ago about how once Race to The Top federal “grant” ran it’s course Governor Markell would continue the RTTT programs and funding would default on local taxpayers. Also, make note, Race to The Top is officially dead as the feds didn’t not approved to extending future funding. This means that state is on the hook 100% for Smarter Balance Assessment that was going to be subsidized in part by Washington. Governor Markell has even approved positions at DE DOE funded by Race to The Top be shifted to state funded position. Folks there is a serious game of cash flow manipulation going on here!

Perhaps it’s time to reconsider state taxation of Social Security income for the affluent. Right not the state doesn’t collect any tax of Social Security income at all. Same applies to the school tax credits! Why not set an income level break point on both? Sticking it too wealthy seniors is better than to middle and lower income seniors! Perhaps exclude retire educators from tax credit on school taxes. After all, many of them supported referendums during their careers with it’s for the kids and just a cup of coffee rants.     

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5 responses to “Is Delaware Governor Markell playing dirty poker re: call for eliminating senior citizen school tax credits?

  1. Maybe it’s clean poker?

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  2. lastDEconservative

    SInce nobody else has, I’ll say it. Notice the language of the executive (Beldar), the legislators, the media … just as letting the casinos keep more of their earnings is excoriated as a tax break, a subsidy, a give away, letting seniors keep more of their money is “costing the state.”

    How far we have sunk. We’ve lost the language to the progressive leviathan. No wonder ‘we’ always lose the rest of the battle.

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  3. Joanne Christian

    Ummm. Interesting, you would think the state kicked in funds in “make-up” money to the districts for those exemptions. Hardly.It’s the districts who forego the money, knowing collectively the property taxes can cover the hit. Equalization funds are subject to a formula after all property money is collected, and then maybe a WEE bit adjusted and sent to a struggling, less collecting, more senior district. Yes, realigned, not detrimental to the sending district but GREATLY beneficial to the receiving district. There is no “rebate” program the State does for a district on senior exemptions filed. It’s a pass.
    Now, what really would be the no-brainer is tighten up that exempt money beginning AT AGE 60 the state tax allows on retirement income. For real? Isn’t 60 the new 40? Pony up. Let’s move the index just even 2 years, and oh my what a low impact, yet high yielding income stream we would recapture. Not even 250 per senior. Probably 1/8 of that. That’s the cost of being a baby boomer! You get to feel like 40, so let’s tax like your 40. No wealth test needed, no whining, just start paying a little longer….because hey….you’re living a little longer. Everybody pays if you aren’t disabled, or FULLY retired from your current source of income. That’s the breaks of longevity.

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    • lastDEconservative

      Repeating myself after reading this …

      “Notice the language of the executive (Beldar), the legislators, the media … just as letting the casinos keep more of their earnings is excoriated as a tax break, a subsidy, a give away, letting seniors keep more of their money is “costing the state.”

      … and adding … Whew! Capital “I” will decide who gets most favored nation status, who gets to pay more (not, who gets to keep more), “I” know best how to manage redistribution — What? Of course redistribution is assumed, why? — and -anybody- wonders why we are such a mess?

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  4. Publius e decere

    “After all, many of them supported referendums during their careers with it’s for the kids and just a cup of coffee rants.”

    Wait — you mean it really wasn’t for the kids after all? So who got the extra coffee?

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